Once upon a time, medical practices had cabinets or shelves full of file folders. Inside the folders were records that contained information about their patients’ health, contacts, insurance coverage, and other aspects of their lives.
Today, some health care practices still use paper records to conduct their business. Some use software, and others use a combination of paper and electronic records.
Since many practices are using or may use technology to help them keep records and manage their practices, it’s useful to explore what electronic health records (EHRs) and practice management software are, what they do, and how practices can combine them.